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McCrae Lake Trail - about 18 km (10/14/2017)

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The Basics:
Event Type:Hike
Event Location: McCrae Lake Conservation Reserve
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 14 2017  8:30 AM  (Carpool Departure: 8:30 AM   *log in for location*)
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 13 2017 8:30:00 AM
Event Duration:about 8 or 9 hours (including carpool driving time)
Difficulty Rating:D5: Difficult
Event Coordinator(s): Arnie
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 13 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


Please READ THIS to avoid disappointment

  • This hike is restricted to, and for, strong intermediate and advanced hikers who have D4 or D5 experience within the TOC on similar hikes.
  • I insist!
  • Non-negotiatable!
  • NB: a D4 urban hike on flat paths does not qualify you
  • If you do not have D4 or D5 experience within the TOC you will be removed from the event list or waiting list without further explanation.
  • You can sign up for 1 of my other D4 events so you may qualify the next time I do this hike.

This trail is quite challenging with lots of slippery rocks, logs, mud, ascents and descents and cliffs.
To get to the "narrows" crossing we will have to scramble down (then back up on the way back) a VERY challenging outcropping of boulders
There are wetlands and beaver dams to walk across, with lots of opportunities to slip and get very wet and cold.
Yay! Sounds like fun! Just my kind of hike.
The terrain is rocky Canadian Shield, about 17 km north of Port Severn, between Parry Sound and Barrie on the east coast of Georgian Bay.
We will have spectacular views of the lake from atop granite cliffs.

DISTANCE: about 18 km

PACE: about 5 km/h - everyone will be expected to keep up with the group

DIFFICULTY: D4 (pace and distance)

DIFFICULTY: D5 (terrain)

Everybody will go directly to the waiting list and may be added to the event based on suitable hiking experience and available drivers.
Members on the waiting list who are willing to drive may get first priority.

You will notice that I indicated a pace of about 5 km/h which we will do if appropriate.
There will be places we will go much slower due to the difficult slippery terrain.
I won't be running up and down slippery rocky sections.

NOTICE: I plan to finish the hike before dark, but, we may get back to the city near sunset. You never can be sure when you hike in the northern wilderness! If you have a firm time that you need to get back home, I cannot guarantee you will make it in time, and you should plan some other activity instead of this hike.


Required Items to Bring:
  • Flashlight or Headlamp <= not a mistake. just in case we are delayed getting back to the cars
  • cell phone
  • whistle
  • Good footwear
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water 2 - 3 L (as much as you need)
  • carpool money if you are a passenger
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • First aid kit
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • hiking poles (if you need them)

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Carpooling? Please arrive before the departure time. If you are late, you may miss the carpool, and the hike.

If you choose to meet at the event, please be ready to hike at 10:15 AM. We will not wait for late comers.



Carpool to Event Distance (round trip):320Km
Carpool Departure Time: 8:30 AM
Carpool Location:   Log in for location
Carpool Directions:   Log in for directions
Carpool Cost: Approximate vehicle expense for this event is $70.72 (calculated at total Km * $0.221, effective Wednesday, March 21, 2018). This is based on $0.08/Km for maintenance, plus current gas price divide by 9. Your event coordinator will confirm exactly how much money is required from each person.


This hike will go forth rain or shine, but a forecast of heavy rain or snow will cause cancellation

Please arrive before the departure time. If you are late, you will miss the carpool, and the hike.

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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!